Day in history for April 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Good improved farms in Rock Island County are now selling at $20 to $25 an acre and unimproved land at $5 to $7. Only two years ago land could still be claimed at $1.25 an acre.

1879 -- 125 years ago
John Frederick Wolferz, 80, died this morning. He had served in the Prussian Army, was in the Florida War and the Mexican War. For 30 years he had made knives, forks and spoons in this city, doing first class work.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fire destroyed the Galesburg High School. Two firemen were killed by a falling wall.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A site, 42nd Street and 22nd Avenue, Rock Island, has been selected for the proposed Denkmann Grade School.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A wild raccoon, first spotted atop McCabe's store sign, attracted scores of spectators in downtown Rock Island. After police and firemen had been called and a fire ladder raised, the coon scampered along a ledge of the Rock Island Bank Building and crouched beside an air conditioning unit of the Dr. R.M. Criswell office. The coon was captured later after it jumped.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A conrete gold lion statue was stolen and a metal statue damaged Monday evening at the Stardust Motel, 1166 19th St., Moline. An employee told police the lion was stolen and an arm was torn from a metal statue after 5 p.m. Monday. The items were valued at more than $150.

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